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Scenic Heights Lodge

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Please note that this guide was last updated a few years ago (2009), so there will no doubt be changes in rates and possibly ownership.

Mark and Sue Perry
24 Scenic Heights Drive, Acacia Bay, Taupo, Central Plateau

Tel: + 64 (0)7-376-5866
Cell: + 64 (0)ue: 027-494-9873; Mark: 027-5713-402
No fax number available

Scenic Heights Lodge is relatively new, but its brief history is well worth mentioning: in 2003, it was purpose-built as a guesthouse by Gavin McDonald, the man credited with building the first five-star lodge in Taupo. It went on to win the House of the Year in 2004.....

.... In 2008, its run of good fortune continued when the disarming Sue and Mark, and Boots the cat, decided to move in, bringing their penchant for relaxed, friendly hospitality with them. Now the circumstances have come together to create a real gem of a guesthouse. From the living room, I could see Mr McDonald knew what he was doing; four sheets of glass dominate one wall and provide what must be one of the town’s most encapsulating, panoramic, indoor, lake views. I was mesmerised by the scenery; the breeze gently pushing sail boats over the lake; trout-fishing locals patiently casting their lines, and the clouds rolling around Mount Tauhara in the distance. The balcony, where tuis and bellbirds occasionally zip overhead, is the perfect spot for Sue’s alfresco breakfast and if you fancy a dip, test your level of fitness against the Exerjets in the pool. This is a welcoming, comfortable, peaceful place that’s just a five-minute drive from town. It’s even got the approval from a local morepork (a sort of owl), whose two-note tune you might hear at night, if you listen carefully.

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Symbols: No Smoking    Off-street Parking    Swimming in Pool/Sea/River    TV in All Rooms    Good Hiking or Walking    Fishing    Wifi Available    Self-catering Option    
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Rooms: 3: 1 self-contained apartment, en-suite bathroom with shower; 1 superking, en-suite bathroom with shower; 1 superking, bathroom with bath and shower.
Prices: Please consult the owners for current prices.
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Meals: Breakfast included. Full and continental breafast provided for suites. Continental breakfast provided in studio apartment.
Directions: From Taupo, head north on Tongariro St and cross river (go 0.8km), left to Norman Smith St (0.7km), left to Acacia Bay Rd (3.5km), left to Scenic Heights (0.3km) to the Lodge at the end of the road.

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